Stay safe by preparing for severe weather and other emergency situations.
It's imperative to be prepared for severe weather. Storms can surprise us with their severity, and it's important that you know how to stay safe and not be caught without essential supplies, or be rushed to prepare at the last minute.
Emergency Storm Kit
We suggest keeping the following items on-hand at all times for emergency situations in case you are without power for a period of time:
Flashlights and fresh batteries, candles or other illumination
Battery-powered radio and/or television for news updates
Bottled water and canned food
Medication and a first aid kit
Emergency telephone numbers
Have a Plan - For Everyone
If you’re a senior citizen or have an elderly loved one or neighbor, create a support network of family, friends and others who can assist during an emergency:
Provide them an extra key to your home
Let them know where you keep emergency supplies
Train them on how to use lifesaving equipment or administer medicine
Have pets? They're family, too! Make sure they're taken care of during an emergency:
Identify shelters that take pets or pet-friendly hotels ahead of time
Build a pet emergency kit that includes food, familiar items (toys, treats and bedding), vaccination & vet information
Have your pets microchipped in case they get lost
Take care of your health needs in advance. If you or a family member have a life-threatening condition and need electricity to power a medical device, plan now for an emergency:
Talk to your doctor so you know your options
Have multiple locations lined up where you can go in an emergency
Consider a reliable backup power source like a generator, if possible
Staying Safe Around Downed Lines
Storms can often cause damage to equipment and power lines. Please be aware of the below so you and your loved ones can stay safe:
Always stay away from downed power lines. They could be live.
If a person or object is in contact with a power line, don’t touch the person, object or the power line - the electric current could flow through you. Call 911 instead.
If your vehicle is in contact with a power line, stay inside the car. Warn others not to touch the car or the power line.
If you must leave your vehicle, jump clear to avoid being in contact with the car and the ground at the same time.
Follow manufacturer’s instructions for proper use of a portable generator.
Operate the generator outdoors to avoid deadly fumes.
Plug appliances directly into the portable generator or have it properly attached to your home’s wiring by a qualified electrician.
Never connect a portable generator to your home’s main electrical panel or plug it into an electrical outlet.
Close drapes and blinds on the sunny side of your home.
During the day, go to an air conditioned building such as a shopping mall.
Drink plenty of cool liquids even if you don’t feel thirsty.
Eat light. Opt for foods high in water content such as fruits, salads and soups.
Take baths and showers to stay cool. Water conducts heat away from the body.
Preparing for the Storm
Learn how to prepare for a power outage and stay safe.